6: Graduate School of Architecture

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Architecture | Landscape Architecture | Urban and Environmental Planning | Architectural History

Landscape Architecture

L AR 501, 502 - (3) (SS)
Introduction to Landscape Architecture Design

Prerequisite: Admission to graduate degree program in landscape architecture
Exploration of analytical and design studies focusing on primary principles and theory of landscape architecture. Provides and introduction to fundamentals of technical and artistic drawing. For students without previous professional design degree in architecture or landscape architecture.

L AR 503 - (2) (SS)
Landscape Architectural Drawing and Representation

Exploration of techniques of drawing, with emphasis on free-hand sketching. Required of students entering the graduate landscape architecture program.

L AR 505 - (3) (E)
Historic Sites

Study of methods and techniques of identifying, measuring, documenting, and reporting historic sites, including field work on actual historic sites.

L AR 507 - (3) (Y)
Plants and Environment I

Study of plant types and characteristics in natural and designed environments. Emphasizes field identification, ecological associations and, plant shape and form. Incorporates drawing exercises in the field.

L AR 508 - (3) (Y)
Plants and Environment II

Continued study of plant types and characteristics in natural and designed environments. Emphasizes field identification, ecological associations, and plant shape and form. Incorporates drawing exercises in the field.

L AR 510 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Landscape Drawing and Representation

Advanced study of technical and artistic drawing, such as rendering techniques in various color media (watercolor, pastel, color pencils) and perspective.

L AR 512 - (3) (Y)
History of Landscape Architecture

Examines landscape architecture as an expression of cultural values. Rather than attempt a broad survey of numerous works of a period, the lectures concentrate on a few prototypical examples. Emphasizes Ancient Egypt, 16th-century Italy, 17th-century France, 17th-century Japan, 18th-century Britain, and 17th- to 20th-century America. The comparative case study approach is complemented by primary and secondary source readings.

L AR 514 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Theories of Modern Landscape Architecture

Prerequisites: L AR 512 or permission of instructor
Interprets modern built landscapes as cultural products—with their own materials, codes and concerns—and, at the same time, underscores landscape architecture theory’s interlocking relationship with changing societal constructions of nature, environmentalism, and the city. Focuses on exemplary built works of landscape architecture and their impact on, and debt to, specific design treatises or manifestos, as well as broader cultural and theoretical practices.

L AR 517 - (3) (Y)
Site Planning

A technical course teaching the fundamental language and principles of site planning and site engineering. Lectures and exercises introduce basic grading, drainage and landscape development principles, leading to their application to site design proposals which accommodates a program to the structures of the land.

L AR 520 - (3) (Y)
Healing Landscapes

An investigation of various topics centered on the general theme of designed landscapes as a means of "healing" human beings. Such healing is understood in a broad sense to encompass both bodily and mental infirmities. The seminar includes a historical overview of various healing landscapes, an examination of ancient literature on the subject, and field trips to various hospitals, hospices and out-patient facilities in the Charlottesville area.

L AR 521 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Contemporary Landscape Theory and Practice

Includes readings and discussions of the evolution of environmental art and land sculpture as it relates to landscape architecture.

L AR 522 - (3) (O)
Topographic Imagination

Includes readings and discussions about the role of topography and land form in design expression.

L AR 523 - (3) (IR)
Historic Landscape Preservation

Includes readings and discussions on contemporary theory and practices for preserving historic landscapes. Evaluation of these theories and practices through a close review of a few case studies.

L AR 524 - (3) (Y)
Civic Ecology

Includes lectures, readings and discussions about the role of ecology in the design of the built environment.

L AR 525 - (3) (E)
The Urban Landscape

A seminar exploring transformations in the urban landscapes of Europe and America, from the 19th-century industrial city to contemporary works.

L AR 531 - (4) (Y)
Construction I: Landform and Grading

Prerequisite: L AR 535
Analysis of site design, layout plan, grading plan, and drainage calculations for a specific project. First of a course technical sequence in landscape architecture. Focus on the land as a shaped medium through application of concepts and principles of land manipulation, grading, earthwork, and drainage in short exercises, and a conceptual grading plan for a studio project.

L AR 535 - (4) (Y)
Introduction to Sites: Applied Ecology

An inquiry into the natural structure and systems of sites and how they inform design strategies and processes. Combination of lectures and fieldwork.

L AR 600 - (3) (Y)
The Quest for Order

A search for themes common to architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning. The course is taught by four senior faculty, one from each of the four departments, who deliver lectures and lead discussion groups. Students from the four departments are mixed in discussion groups to provide diverse viewpoints. Topics and interests central to and linking with the School’s four fields are presented from conceptual, empirical, and professional perspectives. Washington, D.C. is used as a case example for many themes. All master students in a two-year or longer program in the Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural History, and Urban and Environmental Planning must take this course. Cross-listed as ARCH 600, PLAN 600, AR H 600.

L AR 601 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design I: Architecture and Landscape

Prerequisite: L AR 501, 502
A series of analysis, research, and introductory design projects which focus on understanding fundamental design compositional principles and developing a more systematic, drawing-based approach to exploring design problems. Emphasizes understanding the roles of history and theory in contemporary landscape architectural design, and to landscape’s relationship to architecture.

L AR 602 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design II: Constructing Sites

Prerequisite: L AR 601
Continued study in the analysis and application of fundamental design principles with special emphasis on site interpretation and site structure. Coordinated with L AR 525.

L AR 701 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design III: Urban and Community Design

Prerequisites: L AR 601, 602
Intermediate-level Application of design strategies to urban projects of a site-planning and site-design type. Emphasizes practical application of design theory, design principles, and technical methods.

L AR 702 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design IV: Urban Parks

Prerequisites: L AR 601, 602, 701
Application of design strategies to the design and planning of towns. The scale of concerns range from the street, block and garden to the region. Field trips to significant towns, both historic and contemporary, introduce comparable case studies.

L AR 705 - (3) (Y)
Planted Form

Prerequisites: L AR 507 and L AR 508
Study of the principles and theory of planting design, emphasizing various historical and contemporary attitudes toward the aesthetics of designing with plants.

L AR 713 - (4) (Y)
Construction II: Site Engineering

Exploration of site engineering issues including hydrology, pond design, storm water management, site geometry, principles of statics and mechanics as related to landscape structures, and computer applications in site engineering.

L AR 714 - (4) (Y)
Construction III: Material, Detail, Expression

Introduction to landscape construction materials and fundamental methods for construction in masonry, retaining wall design, pavements, wood structures, etc.

L AR 740 - (3) (IR)
Advanced Planting Design Theory and Practice

Prerequisite: L AR 705
Readings, discussions and design projects exploring theories and techniques of designing with plants.

L AR 801 - (6) (Y)
Landscape Architecture Design V: Options

Prerequisites: L AR 701, 702; or graduate studios in architecture
Comprehensive study of applied landscape architecture theory, principles, and methods to problems of urban, rural or suburban environments and communities.

L AR 802 - (6) (Y)
Independent Studio VI

Prerequisites: L AR 701, 702, 801; or graduate studios in architecture
Studio may be pursued in one of three ways: (1) individual studio or study under the supervision of a faculty advisor; (2) participation in an advanced collaborative studio taught by department faculty; (3) participation in a collaborative studio in preservation or urbanism.

L AR 804 - (3) (Y)
Professional Practice

Focuses on the pragmatic aspects of the practice of landscape architecture and architecture. Also considers the social, cultural and ideological issues effecting the quality of the professions as they are practiced. Topics include the professional’s relationship to the client and society; legal aspects; project management; the professional’s moral and aesthetic values; and business aspects of the profession.

L AR 811 - (1-4) (Y)
Special Study in Landscape Architecture

Advanced work on independent research topics by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor. Recommended as a preparation for L AR 812.

L AR 821 - (3) (Y)
Research Methods

Introduction to research techniques and methodology. This is a required course for students taking the spring semester independent studio project.

L AR 825 - (4) (Y)
Construction IV: Principles of Road Design

Study of the principles and theories of design for scenic drives, park roads, and parkways, including vertical and horizontal alignments, roadside structures, and design requirements.


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